September 28, 2017
Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park (VHELP) is now a National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today.
Just 342 schools nationwide and 5 schools in Alabama were chosen for the award this year, according to a Department of Education press release.
VHELP was nominated for the Blue Ribbon Award by the Alabama State Department of Education as an “Exemplary High Performing” school. To meet the criteria, nominees must be in the top 15 percent of all schools in their respective states when students are ranked on state assessment results.
“We are thrilled to join other schools in our district and across the nation who have been recognized with this prestigious award,” VHELP principal Ty Arendall, Ed.D., said today. “It is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our school as well as the school district and the community as a whole — teachers, students, parents, and leadership.”
National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored in November at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, VHELP will receive a plaque and flag to honor its Blue Ribbon status.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. Now in its 35th year, the program annually recognizes the nation’s top schools based on their academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. The award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
VHELP joins four other Vestavia Hills City Schools that previously earned the National Blue Ribbon: Vestavia Hills High School (1990 and 2009), Vestavia Hills Elementary West (1985 and 2016), Louis Pizitz Middle School (1994), and Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights (1985, as a Jefferson County school).